Open Studios will provide an opportunity to watch susan c. dessel at work fashioning an installation of imagined, larger-than-life Pick-Up Sticks. Like efforts to achieve peace, the fragility of this reimagined activity is symbolic of players undeterred when the sticks collapse & they must begin anew. The use of Olivewood reflects its shared value demonstrated “in 2014 when then-Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were brought by Pope Francis to the Vatican for a prayer summit & the three took time to plant an olive tree in the papal gardens" (W. Booth, Wash. Post. 10/22/14.) Among Dessel’s goals is to have those who view her work continue the creative process by considering how their actions or inaction have an impact on our society.